Red Bull Ring GP3: Emil Bernstorff scores first series victory
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, June 22nd 2014, 08:12 GMT|
Emil Bernstorff won the second GP3 race at the Red Bull Ring, charging through from seventh on the grid and avoiding the crashing leaders to take his first series victory.
Bernstorff's Carlin team-mate Luis Sa Silva led from pole, but had Status's Nick Yelloly attacking him right from the start. Yelloly grasped the lead at Turn 1 on lap two, but Sa Silva repassed him at Turn 2.
This led to a bottleneck of cars behind, and third-placed Matheo Tuscher was able to leapfrog Yelloly for second on the exit of Turn 2 and attacked Sa Silva into Turn 3.
Sa Silva failed to leave him a car's width on the inside, however, and once on the grass Tuscher was out of control and flew over Sa Silva's rear wheel and into the gravel, taking the erstwhile leader with him.
Unhindered by this, Bernstorff inherited the lead and cruised to a 7.7s victory.
Richie Stanaway lost second place to Jimmy Eriksson with a handful of laps remaining, as Eriksson outbraked him into Turn 2.
The rear-tyre-troubled Stanaway fended off Roman de Beer to the finish for third, de Beer having passed Yelloly for third at Turn 3 with three laps remaining.
Patric Niederhauser finished sixth after Jann Mardenborough spun out of that position at Turn 6 on lap seven. Dino Zamparelli completed the point scorers, while fellow Briton Dean Stoneman charged from 23rd to 10th.
Yesterday's winner Alex Lynn finished 20th after being forced to pit for a new front wing on the opening lap.
Results - 18 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 23m24.023s 2. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen +7.793s 3. Richie Stanaway Status +11.891s 4. Roman de Beer Trident +12.336s 5. Nick Yelloly Status +12.985s 6. Patric Niederhauser Arden +13.423s 7. Patrick Kujala Manor +16.947s 8. Dino Zamparelli ART +19.196s 9. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +19.701s 10. Dean Stoneman Manor +21.213s 11. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer +21.551s 12. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen +23.846s 13. Ryan Cullen Manor +24.676s 14. Robert Visoiu Arden +25.503s 15. Adderly Fong Jenzer +26.670s 16. Nelson Mason Hilmer +27.382s 17. Alex Fontana ART +30.742s 18. Victor Carbone Trident +33.153s 19. Alfonso Celis Jr Status +37.441s 20. Alex Lynn Carlin +57.946s 21. Carmen Jorda Koiranen +1m11.813s 22. Luis Sa Silva Carlin -1 lap Retirements Jann Mardenborough Arden 7 laps Matheo Tuscher Jenzer 1 lap Marvin Kirchhofer ART 0 laps Nikolay Martsenko Hilmer 0 laps